I try cases from misdemeanors to murder, and I don’t back down. If you want an advocate who can negotiate a hard bargain or take your case all the way to trial, Barry’s got your back.
A member of the exclusive Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, National College of DUI Defense, and multiple-time selection as a Super Lawyer, my expertise has been recognized and rewarded over and over. I have also taught litigation strategy, especially in DWI cases, many times to lawyers all over the state of Minnesota.
I have worked in criminal law, family law, administrative appeals, and many other areas of law in counties throughout the metro area for nearly two decades.
I am admitted to the state and federal courts, and am a member of the Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations. I also have Court of Appeals experience, and I have written amicus briefs for the Minnesota Supreme court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
I grew up in Oklahoma. I graduated with a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1987 with a degree in English. I worked in Washington, D.C. as a managing editor of the “Ripon Forum,” a bi-monthly journal of politics. I went on to earn a Ph.D in English from the University of Minnesota, in 1995, and taught English at local colleges and universities for several years before beginning law school.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude), I clerked at the Hennepin County District Court as the law clerk for then Chief of the Civil Division, Hon. Gary Larson, and later for Hon. Diana Eagon.
My interests — other than the law, civil liberties, and defendants’ rights — include rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals, running (five-time Twin Cities Marathon finisher!), playing very low stakes poker, and listening to early 1970s rock.
I live in south Minneapolis with my wife, son, large dog, and small but very determined cat.
I make a point of working directly with you, from our initial consultation through to resolution. I will be thoroughly familiar with your case because I handle all aspects of it. I personally do all writing for your case, I personally accompany you to all appearances, and — if necessary — I personally represent you in court. You can reach me directly by phone and email; I answer immediately when I can, and respond quickly to messages throughout the day. I know your time is valuable.
It’s my job to work closely with each of my clients to understand the matter before us, determine what the best possible outcome is, and implement the right strategy to get there.
I have represented clients in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Wright, Carver, Scott, Dakota, Sherburne, McLeod, and Washington counties. I know the system, and will personally navigate it for you.